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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: January 19, 2017
Nonfarm jobs slip 1,700 in December; unemployment rate declines to 4.4%. Connecticut Labor Situation - December 2016 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, January 19, 2017 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 1,700 net jobs (-0.1%) in December 2016 to a level of 1,678,000 seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state has declined by 2,000 jobs (-0.1%). November's originally released job gain of 2,100 was revised downward to a 1,900 gain. Despite the recent declines in payroll jobs, Connecticut's unemployment rate for December continued to fall sharply by three tenths of a point to 4.4% - a full percentage point lower than it was a year ago. The number of the state's unemployed declined by 4,869, seasonally adjusted, in December. Please Note: Due to the annual benchmark revision process, January 2017 estimates will not be released until March 10, 2017.

“Connecticut's December employment numbers continued the recent trend of mixed signals from the two monthly employment series produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “While we do not yet have supporting data, a combination of tight labor markets, an aging workforce, increased self-employment and growing out-of-state commuting could explain slowing job growth and rapidly declining unemployment rates.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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December 2016 preliminary seasonally adjusted nonfarm job estimates show a decline of 1,700 (-0.1%) over the month. Four of the ten major industry supersectors saw job gains. Over the last twelve months, the state has lost 2,000 net positions (-0.1%) with four of the ten measured industry supersectors showing annual gains and five showing declines while the information supersector was unchanged.

Private Sector employment decreased by 1,600 (-0.1%, 1,441,500 jobs) in December and was down by 1,000 jobs (-0.1%) over the year. The Government supersector fell by 100 jobs (-0.04%, 236,500) last month and remains down over the year (-1,000, -0.4%). The government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and casinos located on tribal land.

The private Education and Health Services (800, 0.2%, 329,900 jobs) industry supersector added the most jobs last month. All of this gain was in health services (1,400, 0.5%, 265,900 jobs) as private education was lower (-600, -0.9%, 64,000 positions). This supersector led in annual growth (2,300, 0.7%). Manufacturing (300, 0.2%, 159,500 positions) was slightly higher last month. Manufacturing finished the year up 1,000 jobs over 2015 - a rarity since the 1980s. The Financial Activities (200, 0.2%, 132,300) and Leisure and Hospitality (100, 0.1%, 153,300 jobs) industry supersectors were also slightly higher.

The Professional and Business Services supersector (-1,700, -0.8%, 214,900) led declines both in December and over the year (-2,500, -1.2%) in magnitude, followed by Other Services (-500, -0.8%, 65,400 jobs). The Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-400, -0.1%, 297,300 jobs) industry supersector also lost jobs due to small losses in retail trade (-200, -0.1%, 180,600) and transportation & utilities weakness (-600, -1.1%, 51,900). The Information (-300, -1.2%, 33,200 jobs) supersector dropped 300 jobs and is now unchanged over the year. The Construction and Mining (-100, -0.2%, 56,000 jobs) and the Government (-100, -0.04%, 236,500) supersectors each lost a hundred positions.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Dec 2016 Dec 2015 Change Rate % Dec 2016 Nov 2016 Change Rate % Oct 2016 Sep 2016 Aug 2016
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,678,000 1,680,000 -2,000 -0.1% 1,678,000 1,679,700 -1,700 -0.1% 1,677,800 1,683,600 1,690,200
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,441,500 1,442,500 -1,000 -0.1% 1,441,500 1,443,100 -1,600 -0.1% 1,442,100 1,444,900 1,449,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 55,500 57,400 -1,900 -3.3% 55,500 55,500 0 0.0% 57,300 56,400 56,300
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,500 158,500 1,000 0.6% 159,500 159,200 300 0.2% 159,600 159,200 159,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,300 299,300 -2,000 -0.7% 297,300 297,700 -400 -0.1% 295,900 296,600 297,200
go to Information sector data table Information 32,900 32,900 0 0.0% 32,900 33,200 -300 -0.9% 32,800 33,200 33,600
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 132,300 130,300 2,000 1.5% 132,300 132,100 200 0.2% 132,500 131,900 132,700
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 214,900 217,400 -2,500 -1.1% 214,900 216,600 -1,700 -0.8% 216,800 219,300 218,500
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 329,900 327,600 2,300 0.7% 329,900 329,100 800 0.2% 327,700 329,200 329,100
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 153,300 153,900 -600 -0.4% 153,300 153,200 100 0.1% 152,800 153,600 155,500
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 65,400 64,600 800 1.2% 65,400 65,900 -500 -0.8% 66,100 64,900 65,900
go to Government sector data table Government 236,500 237,500 -1,000 -0.4% 236,500 236,600 -100 -0.0% 235,700 238,700 241,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 145,303,000 143,137,000 2,166,000 1.5% 145,303,000 145,147,000 156,000 0.1% 144,950,000 144,808,000 144,591,000
Recession Recovery: Connecticut has recovered 70.4% (83,800, 1,022 jobs per month) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The Job Recovery is into its 82nd month and the state needs an additional 35,300 jobs to reach an employment expansion. The state's Private Sector employment has performed better, recovering 85.0% (95,000, or about 1,159 per month) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn. The government supersector has lost a total of 18,600 positions since the recession started back in March 2008. This includes another 11,200 jobs lost since the state's nonfarm employment recovery began in February 2010.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (1,300, 0.3%, 409,000 jobs) was the only state labor market of the four major regional labor markets to add jobs in December, but is lower since December 2015 (-2,800, -0.7%). The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA was unchanged in employment (0.0%, 128,000 positions) last month but is negative over the year (-500, -0.4%). The New Haven LMA (-900, -0.3%, 281,600 jobs) lost the most jobs last month while the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (-200, -0.03%, 571,900 positions) was slightly lower as well. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA is the fastest growing over the year (2,700, 0.5%) in terms of percentage gains and magnitude, while the New Haven LMA (200, 0.1%) is still adding a small number of net positions since December 2015.

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total. Only four of the six BLS-estimated labor markets are seasonally adjusted. The Danbury LMA and the Waterbury LMA are not seasonally adjusted at this time due to a recent geography change.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.7 hours in December 2016, up one-tenth of an hour (0.3%) from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $30.59, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.79, or 2.6%, from the December 2015 hourly earnings estimate ($29.80). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,030.88, up $29.60, or 3.0% higher than a year ago.

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Dec CHG Nov           Dec CHG Nov               Dec CHG Nov
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2016 2015 Y/Y 2016 2016 2015 Y/Y 2016 2016 2015 Y/Y 2016
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,091.06 $1,150.31 -$59.25 $1,083.97 43.8 42.4 1.4 43.1 $24.91 $27.13 -$2.22 $25.15
 DURABLE GOODS 1,118.57 1,197.06 -78.49 1,119.29 43.9 42.6 1.3 43.4 25.48 28.10 -2.62 25.79
 NON-DUR. GOODS 989.41 1,001.70 -12.30 961.56 43.3 42.0 1.3 42.1 22.85 23.85 -1.00 22.84
CONSTRUCTION 1,087.27 1,149.85 -62.58 1,107.09 37.7 39.5 -1.8 38.9 28.84 29.11 -0.27 28.46
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,030.88 1,001.28 29.60 1,025.14 33.7 33.6 0.1 33.6 30.59 29.80 0.79 30.51
GOODS PRODUCING 1,207.67 1,273.13 -65.46 1,227.71 39.7 40.2 -0.5 40.2 30.42 31.67 -1.25 30.54
   Construction 1,161.90 1,231.01 -69.12 1,181.16 37.3 39.8 -2.5 38.6 31.15 30.93 0.22 30.60
   Manufacturing 1,244.92 1,304.21 -59.29 1,251.50 41.1 41.0 0.1 41.1 30.29 31.81 -1.52 30.45
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,001.60 952.24 49.37 991.25 32.7 32.4 0.3 32.5 30.63 29.39 1.24 30.50
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 845.71 833.13 12.58 853.47 33.1 33.1 0.0 32.6 25.55 25.17 0.38 26.18
   Financial Activities 1,645.37 1,685.63 -40.25 1,692.50 36.9 37.5 -0.6 37.1 44.59 44.95 -0.36 45.62
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,245.58 1,188.25 57.33 1,220.09 34.9 35.0 -0.1 34.8 35.69 33.95 1.74 35.06
   Education & Health Ser. 936.36 842.81 93.55 930.24 32.1 31.1 1.0 32.3 29.17 27.10 2.07 28.80
   Leisure & Hospitality 425.29 427.39 -2.10 424.37 24.9 25.7 -0.8 25.2 17.08 16.63 0.45 16.84
   Other Services 762.08 686.69 75.39 753.80 31.4 31.1 0.3 31.5 24.27 22.08 2.19 23.93
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford * * * * 33.8 33.8 0.0 33.8 * * * *
   Danbury * * * * * * * * * * * *
   Hartford 1,072.17 1,029.48 42.69 1,078.10 34.2 34.5 -0.3 34.4 31.35 29.84 1.51 31.34
   New Haven 962.33 929.99 32.34 946.08 32.5 32.7 -0.2 32.5 29.61 28.44 1.17 29.11
   Norwich-New London * * * * * * * * * * * *
   Waterbury * * * * * * * * * * * *

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in December 2016 was 2.1%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.
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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model applying the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 4,869 (-5.5%) over the month to 83,454 in December 2016. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents has decreased by 18,626 (-18.2%). The state's labor force declined by a small amount (-681, -0.04%) over the month, but continues to expand moderately over the year (12,942, 0.7%).

The December 2016 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut declined by 30 claimants (-0.8%) to 3,791 from November 2016, and were higher by 69 claims (1.9%) from the December 2015 level of 3,722.

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Jan   1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.2 1,747.6 156.6 1,865.1 1,714.8 150.3 1,873.8 1,741.1 132.7 1,900.2 1,784.1 116.2 1,892.3 1,788.5 103.8
Feb   1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,901.9 1,745.5 156.3 1,863.3 1,714.6 148.8 1,876.5 1,745.5 131.0 1,900.1 1,785.7 114.4 1,896.1 1,791.6 104.5
Mar   1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.0 1,742.2 156.8 1,862.9 1,715.4 147.5 1,879.0 1,749.9 129.2 1,898.6 1,786.7 111.9 1,901.9 1,794.4 107.5
Apr   1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.8 157.9 1,863.8 1,717.4 146.4 1,881.1 1,753.9 127.1 1,895.9 1,786.8 109.1 1,904.9 1,795.5 109.4
May   1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.9 159.1 1,865.5 1,720.0 145.4 1,882.8 1,757.8 125.0 1,892.4 1,786.2 106.2 1,901.9 1,793.6 108.3
Jun   1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.2 1,728.2 160.0 1,867.1 1,722.7 144.4 1,884.6 1,761.6 123.0 1,888.7 1,785.3 103.5 1,900.6 1,790.1 110.5
Jul   1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.5 1,724.2 160.2 1,868.0 1,725.0 143.0 1,886.6 1,765.2 121.4 1,885.8 1,784.3 101.5 1,900.6 1,792.1 108.5
Aug   1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,881.0 1,721.4 159.6 1,868.3 1,726.9 141.4 1,889.0 1,768.7 120.3 1,884.2 1,783.5 100.6 1,902.4 1,796.3 106.1
Sep   1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.8 1,719.5 158.3 1,868.2 1,728.7 139.6 1,891.6 1,772.1 119.5 1,883.6 1,783.1 100.5 1,904.2 1,801.0 103.2
Oct   1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.5 1,718.1 156.4 1,868.4 1,730.8 137.7 1,894.4 1,775.5 118.9 1,883.8 1,783.0 100.8 1,903.6 1,805.8 97.8
Nov   1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,871.1 1,716.9 154.2 1,869.4 1,733.5 135.9 1,897.1 1,778.8 118.2 1,884.3 1,783.0 101.4 1,898.8 1,810.5 88.3
Dec   1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,867.9 1,715.7 152.2 1,871.2 1,736.9 134.3 1,899.1 1,781.7 117.4 1,885.2 1,783.1 102.1 1,898.1 1,814.7 83.5
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The December 2016 unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated at 4.4% (seasonally adjusted), down three-tenths of a percentage point from November 2016 (4.7%). This is the sixth consecutive monthly decline in the state's unemployment rate. The state's jobless rate is now one percentage point lower than a year ago (5.4%). The US unemployment rate was calculated at 4.7% in December, up one-tenth from November 2016 but down three-tenths of a point from a year ago (5.0%).
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Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.8 6.2 -0.6 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.2 -0.4 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.7 4.7 -1.0
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.8 4.9 -0.9
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.3 -0.1 5.7 4.9 -0.8
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.3 5.1 -0.2 5.6 4.9 -0.7
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.3 -0.2 6.3 6.0 -0.3 5.3 5.1 -0.2 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4 5.1 4.9 -0.2
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.7 4.6 -0.1
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.4 4.7 0.3

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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